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Colour matching I cant get my printer to match the colours on my screen, they always seem to be darker and also different shades. Any Suggestions please

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Re: colour matching

There should be some adjustment in the printer properties dialogues.


But first make sure the profiles for the monitor and printer are set correctly.




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I use cheapo inks bought on eBay so none of the settings in software are of any use. I disable any attempt by the software to influence the printer and do the same in the printer settings window. I then alter the colours using the sliders in the Manual section of the colour/intensity to the colour that I see on my screen and save the setting in the profiles section.
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If the colours look alright, your issue is probably that your monitor makes colour by emitting light frequencies so is bright, printed images make colour by absorbing light frequencies so will always be darker. There is always the issue of course that your monitor also has a colour "temperature" bias. Photo pros calibrate their monitors and printers to match.

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So the quality is good, it's just not "exactly" like the screen? It never will be "exact". Depending on what you're describing, if the colour is off, it could need the drum(s) or Development unit(s) replaced to improve the quality; however, if your just talking about "matching" the screen colour, you could line up 100 different printers and you'd get 100 different's not an exact science. Perhaps you're using a generic toner vs. the OEM brand, this would change your results too.
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you can go to this link, select your OS, and download another driver:

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Looks like you don't use the Magenta ink that much, on this machine because it is so hot all the time after a while the magenta can get a strange brown colour and the cyan can get like a aqua marine colour. All you can do is purge the magenta by printing magenta sample pages or just wait until it goes away.

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Automatic Applies the best color correction to each graphic element: text, artwork, and photographs Office Color sRGB Display: Approximates the colors on a computer display.
sRGB Vivid: Produces brighter, more saturated colors than sRGB Display. Press Match SWOP Press: Matches specifications for Web Offset Publications.
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From the workstation, select the color correction in a supported driver.
Microsoft Windows 98 SE / ME / 2000 / XP/ Server 2003 / NT 4.x Operating Systems (OS):

NOTE: Some of the color corrections are grouped under Office Color or Press Match.
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  3. Click on the [TekColor] tab.
  4. Select the required color correction.

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